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June 2020

  • 25th June 2020 - Thursday
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Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates among Speakers in June

June — 4th at 1pm Iran Sanctions featuring Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering & Yar Batmanghelidj // 10th at 7pm Hollywood in the Age of Coronavirus: A Conversation with Colleen Bell featuring Executive Director of the CA Film Commission and former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary  // 16th at 9am Federalism in Crisis? U.S. and German Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic featuring Meryl Justin Chertoff, Executive Director of the Georgetown Project on State & Local Government; Felix Knupling, Vice President at the Forum…

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US and Iran: Sanctions, Oil and the Global Pandemic

The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and the World Affairs Council of South Texas, invite you to a conversation on the current situation in Iran.  This program will feature Dr. Paul Pilar, Iran Project and Dr. Sussan Siavoshi, Trinity University.   Please follow and like us:

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July 2020

Utilizing the Austin-area Foreign Trade Zone in Turbulent Times

Companies dependent on imports as part of their global supply chains are increasingly concerned with the ongoing volatility of the global trade environment. US trade actions have already imposed penalty duties on Chinese goods, many European goods, and steel and aluminum products, and additional activity is underway which could significantly impact supply chain costs, including: The imposition of US Sections 232, 301, and 201 tariff measures Replacement of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) US…

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  • 31st July 2020 - Friday
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H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the USA among featured speakers in July

July — 13th at 3:15pm Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert featuring Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations // 16th at 10am Intelligent Manufacturing in Europe Series featuring Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Czech Republic // 16th at 1pm Qatar and the Gulf Crisis featuring Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House’s…

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August 2020

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry on the New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power

The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, the University of the Incarnate Word, and the World Affairs Council of South Texas, invite you to a conversation on the new nuclear arms race and presidential power from Truman to Trump.  This program will feature former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry and Tom Collina, Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund about nuclear nonproliferation. Their book, The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential…

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  • 27th August 2020 - Thursday
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Author Lesley Blume among Speakers in August

August — 6th at 1pm Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World featuring Lesley Blume, award-winning journalist, historian, and New York Times bestselling author // 11th at 10am International Biz Advantage: Austin & Israel featuring Lior Koriat, CEO at Quali; Ze’ev Lavie, VP at the Israeli Chambers of Commerce; and Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director at the BIRD Foundation // 13th at 10am Intelligent Manufacturing in Europe Series featuring Italy and Turkey // 14th at 1pm…

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September 2020

State of the Middle East

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to welcome back distinguished author and professor of Government at Austin Community College, Roy E. Casagranda, PhD  for a discussion on the State of the Middle East. Attendees will obtain answers to these questions: What has three and of half years of Trump brought the Middle East? What does the Middle East look like post US-hegemony? How do Trump’s NATO positions impact the Middle East? Afghanistan-Iraq-Syria-Yemen, how has invasion and civil war…

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  • 9th September 2020 - Wednesday
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The Honorable Rachel McCormick, Consul General of Canada, and Brian Haley, Honorary Consul of Canada

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to host this discussion with the Honorable Rachel McCormick, Consul General of Canada and Brian Haley, Honorary Consul of Canada.  Abdallah Mahmoud, Emerging Markets Program Specialist with the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department, will serve as moderator for this special event. Rachel McCormick is Consul General of Canada to the state of Texas.  She was head of the Energy and Environment Section at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC from 2014…

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The Globalist Coffeehouse/Pub

Please join like-minded “global thinkers” for a monthly discussion on the major political/economic issues that our world is currently experiencing.  Initially this event will be a virtual zoom discussion with break out groups. The discussion topic this month will be: Is COVID-19 ending globalization and the idea of a borderless world? The COVID -19 pandemic has created new barriers. Closed borders, travel bans, impacted supply chains, export restrictions and rising economic nationalism have prompted many to question the future of…

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Coping with COVID19

In collaboration with the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence at St. Edward’s University, the World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to present Andrew S. Natsios, Executive Professor  and Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A & M University on the topic “Coping with COVID19.” Professor Natsios previously directed the U.S. Agency for International Development leading USAID’s emergency disaster management. Natsios has extensive policy and research experience on pandemics…

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